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US fashion designers Mary-Kate (right) and Ashley Olsen arrive for the 2019 CFDA fashion awards at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City on June 3, 2019. (AFP/Angela Weiss)
Mary-Kate Olsen is filing for divorce from husband Olivier Sarkozy after five years of marriage.
The actress and fashion mogul—and twin sister to Ashley Olsen—has signed an emergency divorce petition while New York is still in shutdown during the coronavirus pandemic, TMZ reported yesterday, May 13.
The former couple, who wed in 2015, is based in the city and have no kids together; Sarkozy has two from a previous marriage.
Olsen signed a summons and complaint for divorce on April 17, but learned that New York courts could not accept divorce filings, as per Page Six.
Her current petition, dated May 13, states, “This application is an emergency because my husband expects me to move out of our home on Monday, May 18, 2020 in the middle of New York City being on pause due to COVID-19.”
Olsen claims that Sarkozy, a banker and half-brother to French president Nicolas Sarkozy, ended the lease in their New York home without her consent. She notes that she cannot look for an apartment with the current coronavirus crisis.
She said she has appealed to her husband’s lawyer and their landlord to let her stay until May 30, but has received no response. She said another reason that she is filing the petition is to protect her personal property, so that her husband cannot dispose of it.
The filings also state that their relationship had “broken down irretrievably for a period of at least six months”.
Olsen seeks to enforce their pre-nuptial agreement, and to have Sarkozy pay for health and dental insurance. She also wants to maintain use of their home in Bridgehampton and two apartments in New York.
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